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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,564 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,564
Hads: 3,221
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 274
Gots: 356 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,564 | Hads: 3,221
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night with a super-dark, foaming head that lingered and laced the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

Smell – The perfect mix of coffee, roasted malts, fine espresso, and SF chocolate. The ripe fruits are in the background but very present: apricot at the pit, Bing cherries, some tobacco, and raisins.

Taste – The hop balance here caught me by surprise. Comparisons to Stone are inevitable, yet deceiving. The sherry balance in the Stone is reflected in the hop balance of the Rogue. Otherwise, the trails are similar.

The lovely roasted malt base makes this a standout. Add to that the bitter coffee and espresso flavors and you’ve got a real winner. If you think coffee and espresso are the same, try mixing them together. You can taste the strong distinctions between the two mixtures, and this has both of them on display at their finest qualities.

The awesome, ripe fruits are here as well, but this is not a sweetened or sugary stout by any means. Again, contrast to the Stone where sweetness abounds. Here the darkish malts and bitter hops create a refreshing characteristic uncommon to the style.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied for sure and very refreshing. This one is a mouthful indeed.

Drinkability – I could drink one of these a day for the rest of my life. The nice thing about the incredible balance is that it’s the right beer any time of the year. This is by far Rogue’s finest offering that I’ve tasted. Well done!

Update – I originally rated this in 2003 so thought it would be fun to sit down with paper and pen and give it another go in 2005. Man, is this a good beer.

It looks, smells, tastes, and feels incredible. It’s really hard to find any fault with this beer. I’m upping the Appearance to a perfect 5.0 and considering myself blessed for having such easy access to this Rogue offering.

Update – I put an ’05 in the cellar and popped it in July 2006 to see how it would age. The head was predictably smaller and the malts a bit more broken down, but the lovely roasted malt is still very strong and hasn’t sugared up in the least. Maybe as a two-year-old it might start to sweeten, but after just one year it is super-hardy and ready for some more cellar time! (2,237 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber bottle.
Appearance: Classic stout black. Thick, creamy, brown head. Finely bubbled and hangs in there. Nice lace. Gorgeous.
Smell: Licorace, smoke, hops (hoppier than most), espresso, molasses, even raisin. Not as earthy as other examples.
Taste: Beautiful balance of hops and malt. Coffee, bitter chocolate, Smoked/roasted malt, plum, raisin add a sweet balance. Dry, bitter hop/roast finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, soothing alcohol warmth.
Drinkability: This is a favorite...I try to always have one in the fridge.
For me, this simply is stout. (570 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a chocolate soda type head, creamy chocolate aroma, chocolate coffee taste comes through in a gush at the first taste. The mouthfeel is not smooth at all, rather spritzy. Dark chocolate aftertaste, but not really to sweet. A very good stout, but not one of the 5 best beers in the world as per Stuart Kallen in his book 50 Greatest beers.Its not even in my top 5 list when it comes to stouts. (404 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nearly perfect black with a rapidly receding tan head. Very strong expresso and toated flavor. Bitter and dry its quite a tasty brew, but I wouldn't quite call it great. Not sure what it is about Rogue beers that disappoints me, but I will say this one is drinkable. (268 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
2.64/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber. Poured a pure black with a massive chocloate head that slowly receded. Lots of lacing on the glass. Now here is where things go south for me on this. The aroma was all hops, I could barely detect anything else. he same with the taste. It reminded me more of drinking an IPA instead of a stout. Did I get a very young bottle that wasn't ready? I find it hard to rate this, not being like any other stout i've had. It's not bad but not what was expected. (466 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on the beer engine at Fathead's. The color was black with a creamy tan head. The smell was of dark chocolate. The taste was slightly sweet (like dark chocolate) but still had a nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth, as expected on cask. Drinkability-wise, well I could have multiples of just about any beer on cask, and this one is no exception.

A great stout, made only better by the cask-conditioning. Bravo to Rogue for a great beer, and hopefully this is one I'll have again! (500 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is now officialy the best stout that I have ever had. This poured jet black with a medium sized brown head that turned into a nice pillowy froth on top of the beer. The smell was heavenly with the smell of coffee beans and a slight hint of plum. The taste just killed me with its perfect balance of hoppy, chocolate and smokey flavors all rounded out by a great coffee finish. This stout is balanced to perfection and is one of the few that I could pound back all night and enjoy every minute of it. (504 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a dark chocolate head. Head retention is nice .

aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little acohol is detected.

the taste is a near perfect balance of roast chocolate malt and hoppy bitterness. The finish has a little crispness to it.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The alcohol warms nicely. Drinkability is enhanced by the overall smoothness and balance. My new favorite stout. (415 characters)

Photo of winomark
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black, with a chocolate head with nice retention.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, and alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Roasted chocolate malt, hop bitterness, and a crisp finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating. Slightly burnt flavors create an unwanted bitterness.

Drinkability: Good overall, but needs milder roasted malt IMO. WIll try again. (380 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always love picking up a new brew and then finding out it is a top-rated beer. Anyway, this poured jet black, no edges at all, just pure stout. Even a very easy pour brought up a huge pancake head, tan in color, with maximum retention and sticky lacing. Aromas include earthy hops, roasted malts, and chocolate. The taste is very unique and complex, almost imperial-ish. Starts off with an earthy, bitter hoppiness with a dry, roasty malt flavor balancing it out immediately. Sharp coffee, chocolate, and even a licorice like flavor were all present. Despite having a huge head the carbonation is relatively low, making for a silky smooth, full bodied mouthfeel. One of my favorite styles to drink, this beer deserves its top postition and is a rare, complete, unique brew with character and distinction. (806 characters)

Photo of Sudmissle
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, the Stout class is the style that U.S. microbreweries have have done the best job with. This one is very competitive, with a expresso dark color and a thick perfectly developed 1 inch head. The flavor is strong and intense with a combination of toasted bread, nut and coffee notes, but it is smooth and dry enough so as to be very drinkable as a session beer, if those words can be used when describing a stout. Has a wonderfully thick mouthfeel that makes a syrupy lace on the side of the glass. In a class this competitive, I could not say this is necessarily the best Stout, but it is surely in my top 10, which really is saying a lot given the volume of solid competition with British and U.S. breweries producing quite a few memorable Stouts. (762 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours out 'Ebony in color' as the label on the bottle states. I'll go along with that. No head at all. I poured a little rougher, still no bubbles. Hmmph...

Aroma - Big chocolate nose, dark espresso notes. The anticipation makes it kind of hard to want to pick out anything more, let's taste this beer!

Taste is big on coffee and hops out of the gate. As hoppy as this is, it was well-masked in the aroma. Turns smoky with lots of charcoal and drying after that. Finishes with a blend of hop bitterness and coffee which go hand in hand. Lots of smoke and lingering charcoal on the aftertaste. Either as my taste buds adapt or as it warms or something, the flavor makes a turn for the sweeter about halfway through the 11 ounce sample (I split this with my bro).

Mouthfeel is heavy and coating. More carbonation than expected, that too was not revealed on the pour. This beer is full of surprises. Even with the active bubbling in the mouth, they have no effect on a long-lasting aftertaste that really draws out the enjoyment of this beer.

More drinkable in colder temps to be sure, a great fireside beer. Sampled on a crisp fall day in Cincinnati enhances my score on this category. (1,208 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A wonderful Black stout with a nice tan head that slowely goes away leaving a nice layer on top that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Deep roasted smell with coffee and a nice hoppy smell

Taste: Very malty with a coffe bitterness to it. Smooth with a dark chocolate finish, a little watery at the finish also... Leaves you dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a little watery or thin. Nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially at 6.2 (445 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

This beer poured a dark brown, almost chocolate milk, colored creamy head with a pitch black body. Easily one of the most beautiful heads I've ever seen on a beer.

The nose was a firm roasted barley smell. Unsweetened chocolate, a little dash of espresso roastyness and maybe a touch of citrus. But mostly dark roasted barley.

The taste followed basically the same path. Medium bodied. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor and bitterness. Very fresh A slight grainyness. Unsweetened chocolate, burnt espresso beans. A very interesting balance of citrus, grapefruit peel, hop bitterness against the roasted barley bitterness.

It ends along the same lines. A very long lingering citrus/roasted barley bitterness

Overall it's a really nice stout. I could drink this all day long. (799 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, medium creamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth. Somewhat bitter. Full flavor. Smooth taste. Slightly malty. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. (260 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark black with a tan lace. smells of coffee, roasted barley and a slight bit of hops. mouth watering indeed. the taste is the perfect balance of sweet malt and decent hop bite, simply lovely. a nice strong chocolate/coffee taste is the show. i seriously dig this alot. the mouthfeel is creamy and just right. i could drink this by the gallons. my favorite stout when im in the mood for something flavorful and filling.

$3.49 a bomber. (446 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown head with deep black body and spunky lace.

Aroma: burnt barley, hops, burnt and burnt bread and burnt.

Taste: burnt barley, and burnt bread on a huge salad of hops. Smooth dark chocolate.

Mouth: Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drink: This evaporates before you know it. (297 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: black chocolate with bubbly tan head. Looks like a dark chocolate milk. Excellent lacing. Medium head retention.

Smell: aroma consisted of roasted black patent and chocolate notes, spicy hops, mocha. Very nice!

Taste: amazing balance of roasted malt and hops. Finishes rather dry with tasty chocolate and slightly bitter. Outstanding!!

Mouthfeel: a tad thin for a stout, but not bad at all. Nice carbonation. Very slick and easy going down.

Notes: I had four of these bombers at lunch, and I must say as much as I enjoyed them, they really filled me up. Not the best session brew, but oh so amazing!! Highly recommended. (638 characters)

Photo of jlervine
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. What a fantastic beer. Effectively pitch black with a thick tan head. First whiff is hops. Sweet, wonderful hops. Upon further investigation, you can smell the malt undertones - thick, roasted, chocolately, and rich. The taste present all of this in a nice neat little package. Hop bitterness and roasted malt start off the ensemble. The bitterness carries through the middle, and the finish is wrapped in dryness and smooth malt. Very silky. A tad heavy for a session beer, but would make an excellent meal replacement. (525 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is quite the beer. Its pitch black but a hint of light will show when held to the sky. A nice brown head sits atop this one. Its got a nice roasted aroma to it. As for the taste, it is mainly a roasted one, but it is very smooth tasting. It is also backed by a nice hoppy bitterness, also smooth and well intergrated. This is a very well put together beer, great tasting but well balanced. Highly recommended. (419 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark, pretty much black body with a medium sized brown head. A thing of beauty. I can see why this is called Shakespeare Stout, if indeed, Shakespeare was black and smelled of sweet roasted malts, rum-soaked coffee cake, and hops. Taste is not sweet as the smell might indicate, but loaded with malts and delicious roastiness. Very robust burned, roasty, coffee flavors--amazing. The only other stout that I can compare it to is Kalamazoo stout. Finish is delightfully dry and bitter with lingering chocolatey roastiness. I can tell the alcohol is there, but it goes down so easily. Maybe I will compose a sonnet to this beer, but on the other hand I think I'll just drink, enjoy, savor, and buy some for my family members for Christmas. (742 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good brew, terse review: Black, black, black. Slightly poofed tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted barley malts layer over a bitter-ish hop aroma. Coffee and toffee-ish flavors beat down most everything else, which includes subtle chocolate and caramel. This brew closes with a nice little hoppy finish. It's a bit too flavorful and overtly hopped to make a big drinking stout; I'd much rather put back a few oatmeal or chocolate stouts or even a Sammy Smith Imperial. In some ways, it almost suffers because of its flavor. Nonetheless, it's a great one. (559 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark roasted malt nose with some hints of chocolate and hops. Trace amount of alcohol noted.
Appearance: Pure black. Started with a small tan head that faded about half way through the class. Only a suggestion of lacing on the glass.
Flavor: Classic stout profile. I experienced the taste of toasted grain with a sweet start, almost creamy taste that quickly transitions to a mild hop dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Seems light for a stout, but not watery. The beer has a slight hop/alcohol prickle, but almost flat in terms of carbonation, which is expected for style.
Overall Impression: Beer was better when it warmed a touch. Drinkability was good, the dry finish helped. Quite similar to Guinness to me, but lighter mouthfeel, sweeter, less carbonated, and more chocolate malt notes. I'm thinking I kept the bottle a little too long before drinking after comparing my review to others, but no date, so hard to tell. Over all, very enjoyable.

Rereviewed: Got another bottle, this one must have been a bit fresher, the hops really popped out this time, but a strong stout malt base kept it in check nicely. Scores went up, guess this isn't one to cellar, but enjoy young, at least for me. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Fabric8r
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful stout. Not too harsh, smooth, nice creamy head that seemed to stay a while. Even a Bud Light drinker friend I was with enjoyed it. The bartender suggested it, and I found his suggestion admirable. Seemingly a typical stout, but as a typical stout, this one is still very memorable and I will ask for it again, if I can find it. (344 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured a deep black color. On top was a very dark frothy tan head. This stout gave off one of the darkest head that I have seen. Lacing is present but it gets patchy around the glass. The aroma is of burnt coffee, espresso, and roasted malt with a slight sweetness of chocolate. The taste is heavy roasted malt with a burnt coffee feel to it. After the swallow, it is nothing but a nice roasted malt bitterness with earthy tone washing over the tongue. Rouge beers have not disappointed me in anyway, nor do I expect them to. This stout is necessary for all to try! (576 characters)

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.